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Delay in diagnosis of cauda equina syndrome

Early diagnosis and treatment of cauda equina syndrome is vital in order to avoid irreversible permanent neurological damage.

The condition occurs when the nerves in the spinal canal are damaged for a variety of reasons including disc herniation, spinal tumours or stenosis as well as traumatic injury and other conditions.  If left untreated it can lead to loss of bowel and bladder control as well as a loss of sexual function, neuropathic pain and significant mobility issues for the future.

Symptoms and treatment

All medical professionals should be aware of and act upon “red flag” symptoms which include:-

  • Severe back pain and/or sciatica
  • Pain, numbness or weakness in your buttocks, legs or feet
  • Loss of sensation in your perineal, perianal or genital area.
  • Bladder and bowel problems to include loss of or altered sensation, initiating flow or incontinence

These symptoms warrant an immediate referral to hospital.  The hospital should make a swift diagnosis and ensure lumbar decompression surgery takes place urgently to avoid permanent damage.  Delay in surgery or inadequate surgery can result in otherwise avoidable life debilitating injuries.

Why bring a claim?

If you have been left with life changing injuries as result of a failure to treat cauda equina syndrome urgently or adequately then this may have a huge impact upon your ability to work, carry out domestic chores and activities as well as affecting your relationships with others.

A claim for damages can give you future financial security and help you to rebuild your life.

Any damages you receive will be tailored to your needs and the impact upon you to ensure you receive maximum compensation.

How we can help

We have a specialist spinal team who have worked with many individuals suffering from the impact of spinal injuries including those resulting from cauda equina syndrome.  

We understand the huge impact these injuries will have had upon you.  Our team is familiar with the specialist issues relating to this condition and have a particular expertise in the legal issues that can arise from claims of this nature.

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